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Celtics' star Isaiah Thomas to miss rest of Cavs series, entire postseason due to injury

Celtics' star Isaiah Thomas to miss rest of Cavs series, entire postseason due to injury

With the Celtics already looking like no match for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, they revealed some terrible injury news on Saturday that will further limit their chances of competing against the defending champions.

All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the postseason with a right hip injury more specifically described as a femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Thomas battled through it in seven games against the Wizards in the second round after originally hurting himself on March 15 of the regular season. After playing with it for more than two months, the Celtics have shut him down.

Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon explained the decision in the press release in terms of avoiding "more significant long-term damage to his hip." 

[RELATED: Should Wall have been All-NBA 2nd team over Thomas?]

Thomas, 28, averaged 28.9 points per game this season to lead the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He continued to star in the playoffs, including a 53-point performance against the Wizards in Game 2 of their series. 

Thomas has been through a lot in these playoffs. His sister, Chyna, passed away in a car accident the day before Boston's first round series against the Bulls began. Then, in Game 1 againsnt the Wizards, he lost a tooth to begin a long saga of dental surgeries. 

Though it is over, Thomas had a postseason to remember. But now the Celtics want to make sure of his future and get his hip problem sorted out.

[RELATED: Wizards agree expectations will be very high next year]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.